Lockheed contracts Ultra Electronics for US Navy MK 48 torpedo work

An MK 48 ADCAP torpedo is unloaded from the fast-attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760). Photo: US Navy

Lockheed Martin has awarded a $6.6 million contract to Ultra Electronics’ subsidiary Ocean Systems for work on the U.S. Navy’s MK 48 torpedo.

Under the contract, Ocean Systems will work on the torpedo array nose assembly as well as engineering services and spares.

Options to extend the contract for a further four years could increase this initial value to $27 million, Ultra Electronics said..

The MK48 is used by all classes of U.S. Navy submarines as their primary anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) weapon. There is potential for production orders from the U.S. Navy of more than 250 MK 48 torpedoes over the next five years.

Rakesh Sharma, chief executive of Ultra commented: “I am pleased that Ultra has been awarded this contract. It reinforces Ultra’s Ocean Systems position as a leader in the Undersea Warfare environment through the provision of highly complex acoustic products and capabilities to both the US Navy and international customers”

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